Good teaching practices are drilled into us at every teacher inservice. One of the good teaching practices harped on is limited lecture time. The average attention span for optimal learning is one minute per year of age. Therefore the average ten year old child has a ten minute attention span. (Note: this does not apply to entertainment.) The maximum attention span for optimal adult learning is 30 minutes, max.
Add to the above facts the knowledge that the most productive learning comes from doing, not hearing, and it becomes clear that lecturing is not the most effective way to teach. Teachers know this. So, since teachers know this, and teacher’s lead teacher inservices, why did I jus sit through two full days of teacher inservice lecture classes supposedly designed to make me a better, more effective teacher?
My butt is numb. I have a headache. I am glassy-eyed, and drool is dripping from the corner of my mouth. Teacher, can I pass out now?